15TH MARCH 2016

Life-saving equipment

Concerned with life-saving, we have invested in a defibrillator.

Those conducting business with Kirintec appreciate that our advice and equipment helps to save lives of those we work with in the world of Explosive Ordnance Disposal. Our solutions protect our customers around the globe, from continent to continent.


However, we have just invested in purchasing a defibrillator; as this could potentially save a life of one of our own – or someone visiting our business or in the local community.


I recently attended a Heartstart emergency life support course in Herefordshire. This is coordinated by the British Heart Foundation charity. Of which, the Countess of Darnley JP. Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Herefordshire is a patron.


The project aims to teach members of the public, just like me, about what to do in a life-threatening emergency. Every year around 103,000 people in the UK suffer a heart attack. Without resuscitation cardiac arrest is always fatal.


One death which could have been prevented, is one death to many.


Our organisation is based in the heart of Ross-on-Wye. Once we take delivery of the defibrillator, we will be registering it with the West Midlands Ambulance Service. They in turn will generously provide free training to colleagues based here.


A defibrillator – or ‘defib’ for short is a heart saver. We have chosen a fully automated model as it provides voice instructions on how to save someone’s life. It is proven that a defib triples someone’s chances of surviving a cardiac arrest when used with CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation).


The kit is apparently neatly packaged and is about the size of a laptop. Inside there are two sticky electrode pads that if needed, will be stuck on a casualty’s bare chest. The clever machine is able to analyse heart rhythm and decide if a shock is necessary before it is administered.


The advice remains the same for the public to follow. If someone has collapsed and isn’t breathing normally call 999.


I learnt that every minute that passes without using a defibrillator, decreases the chance of survival by 10%. This goes to further underline the importance of life saving equipment that is reliable and will make a difference.


While this ethos of life-saving is something we are passionate about in our Kirintec products, we will soon have someone else’s on site, specifically to assist anyone having a heart attack. Let’s hope we never have to use it, but it could make a difference to someone in Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire.